“We are living in the garage.”
Every time I say it to someone, it makes me laugh. Then I quickly follow it up with “But it’s a really nice garage.” And then I laugh again.
It’s true. This is not your normal garage. The previous owner was a craftsman and he made this stand alone garage into his own personal man cave, if you will.
The garage itself is 750 square feet with 12 foot ceilings, full insulation, two extra long car bays and heated floors. The loft room above the garage has the same footprint with lofted ceilings, eight windows, a kitchenette, walk in closet, full bathroom and attic space.
So clearly we are not slumming it. I had the washer/dryer, oven and refrigerator brought over from the main house and installed my own make shift kitchen on the garage level. Where cars would be is where we have our beds set up. The bedroom “walls” are shelving units filled with many of the boxes that we packed up before moving here.
When we are not cooking or sleeping we walk up 17 stairs to the very comfortable loft apartment.
Is it ideal? No. Does it have some inconveniences? Yup. But it is WAY better than having to pay for a rental to then drive back and forth to the construction site every time our contractor has a question. Not to mention that a rental would have involved another move.
The other “bright side” is that although our new house is half the size of our old house, by the time we move in it will feel big compared to our temporary digs.
The actual renovation is coming along well and we are on target for celebrating Christmas in the new house. Please keep your fingers crossed for us. Christmas is the one time of year when all seven of us are together in New York and it would be so wonderful to christen the house together at such a festive time.
The other reason that living here has been relatively easy is the fact that we are down to three of us. Everyday life has definitely slowed down with only one child at home. That coupled with having less space and less stuff has further simplified things.
I for one have embraced this new pace and am enjoying relaxed time with Brian and Sydney, long walks with the dog, as well as a calm attitude toward what needs to be done for work and the renovation.
When I remember the woman that I was for so many years—
constantly on the go, trying to keep up with five kids and everything that went along with that—
it enables me to truly embrace this time.
When I was that woman, I longed to slow down. I dreamed of quiet and actual time to think and breathe. Now that I have it, I can truly appreciate it.
The other thing that previous me longed for was time to travel. I am fortunate to have that happening these days as well. I returned last evening from a retreat with my women’s entrepreneur group and leave tomorrow for a long weekend with my college girlfriends.
Feeling lucky and grateful for seven days of connection with sister friends.
Next week I want to talk about how you can stay positive and peaceful inside even when life is throwing you curveballs.